HelloScience & Novozymes


HelloScience invites and challenges you to be part of a journey where your investigation of the tiniest living  microorganismes to global market trends can bring sustainable solutions to the table for humans, animals and the

The HelloScience challenge starts in the earth itself, around 50 billions microbes can be found in one tablespoon of soil, this is the foundation for photosynthesis and the crops we harvest and eat. A healthy soil determines the quality of our food that leads to healthy lives. 

How can we as humans protect ecosystems and secure nutrient food and beverage with biological sustainable solutions that limits the ecological footprint. We challenge you to take into account the interlinked processes from
the soil to gut and choose your case that adds value to ecosystems, supply chains and value chains.          

Offering: Your team’s journey only starts with the Oi-X developer weekend:

Your team will be onboarded to the HelloScience platform https://helloscience.io/ where you can share your case project with the HelloScience ecosystem of innovators, scientists, mentors and developers.

HelloScience is also looking for new ventures to take forward into its ecosystem in Bangalore. Successful ideas will be further supported and tested on the ground – is yours one of them? 

Read more about the HelloScience Challenge track next steps: https://helloscience.io/open-challenge/from-soil-to-gut-tba/

Keywords Climate change • CO2 capture • holism • smart/IoT technologies • food systems • agriculture • land use • organic agriculture • soil health • carbon sequestration • resilient systems • biodiversity/bio conservation • crops • no pesticides or chemicals, wastewater • microbes •probiotics • enzymes • nutrients • transportation • post harvest technologies • food processing • bio
films and coatings • food waste • human health • gut health • nutrient deficiencies

Focus Area

HelloScience is collaborating with Novozymes that works with biological solutions, but the solutions are dependent on technologies, infrastructures and systems that support and sustain the application in hostile environments

Biological solutions: Nature’s enzymes and microbes are at work everywhere – from converting sugar into energy inside your
cells, to enabling photosynthesis in the trees and plants outside your window. They may be small, but they make a big difference.

Enzymes: Enzymes are proteins made by all living organisms and are found everywhere in nature. They are biologically active proteins that catalyze biochemical reactions in cells. When one substance needs to be transformed into another, nature uses enzymes to speed up the process. In our stomachs for example, enzymes break down food into tiny particles to be converted into energy. Our customers use enzymes as catalysts to manufacture a variety of everyday products – like sugar, beer, bread and ethanol. They are also used directly in products such as laundry detergent, where they help remove stains and enable low-temperature washing.

Read more https://www.novozymes.com/en/biology

Microbes: Microbes are microscopic, single-celled organisms like bacteria and fungi. Although they are often associated with dirt and disease, most microbes are beneficial. For example, microbes keep nature clean by helping break down dead plants and
animals into organic matter. But there are many more natural benefits of microbes, including helping farmers increase yields and protect crops. They can also improve livestock health, growth and feed utilization. Microbes also increase wastewater treatment efficiency and optimize healthy water quality in aquaculture.

Read more https://www.novozymes.com/en/biology

Other solutions: Novozymes work within different areas (agriculture, land use, crop production, food production, waste water, food and beverages.) Where your idea, technology or innovation can support biological solutions, so don’t hesitate to think outside the box and see links between different domains.   

SDG focus: The global challenge we face today requires us to rethink and transform
our food systems and food consumption in order to secure a sustainable future
and healthier lives. 

  • SDG 2 – Zero Hunger 
  • SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being 
  • SDG 12 – Industry, Innovation and infrastructure 
  • SDG 13 – Sustainable cities and communities 


About HelloScience 

HelloScience is an ecosystem of startups, scientists, business developers, lawyers, thinkers and storytellers with one thing in
common: We have a shared passion for open innovation, open science and groundbreaking collaboration around the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

About: https://helloscience.io/about/ 

Startup case example: https://helloscience.io/case/nordetect/  


How can biological solutions and smarter food systems help develop a more sustainable agriculture or land use, reduce food waste and enhance human and animal health?

  • Help feed the growing population with sustainable agriculture and efficient food production
  • Improve human and animal health by using probiotics solutions to provide healthier, safer and more nutritious products
  • Reduce food waste and water pollution with biological solutions to secure healthier lives and minimize the environmental impact
  • Preventing fruit and vegetables from degrading or mold attack post harvest through the supply chain with bio protection   


To make your solution count consider:

  • Radical ideas and innovations (e.g. outside the box, system change, bio technologies, organic materials, cradle to cradle)   
  • Feasibility (e.g. market, business model canvas, frugal innovation)
  • SDG impact (e.g. sustainability, scalability, local business models)


HelloScience website https://helloscience.io/

Startup case on HelloScience https://helloscience.io/case/nordetect/ 

‘My Microbiome’ is created as an open science initiative by HelloScience,
supported by Novozymes A/S. http://mymicrobiome.org/


Novozymes publications 


Other links  https://seed.com/microbiome-101/

Bangalore  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/11/business/drought-increasing-worldwide.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share 

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